His father was Rohana Zenni.
- "Zanni made an effort to leap into one of the boats, but an officer of the boat stood with a drawn revolver in hand and all the men were compelled to stand back at the command, ‘Women and children first.’ Zanni made a second unsuccessful attempt to leap into the boat and was ordered back by the officer, but a moment later the officer turned and he made a leap, landing in the middle of the boat. He took refuge under one of the seats and the boat was pulled away. There was twenty women and three men in the boat. Zanni was placed at the oars. A woman in the boat pleaded with him to save her dog."
- Niles Daily News, April 25, 1912
He was rescued, possibly in Lifeboat 6.
After surviving the sinking of Titanic, he continued on to his destination of Dayton, Ohio where he lived out his life. He was first employed as a machinist as Platt Iron Works in Dayton but later worked in the confectionery business. He was married to Elsie and had four children (1 son and 3 daughters).
Philip Zenni died on December 4th, 1927 from typhoid fever and broncho-pneumonia. He was buried in an unmarked grave at Calvary Cemetery.